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Carl Zeiss Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering

Carl Zeiss Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering

'Project Pebble'

Winning Photo 2009 - 'Project Pebble'
2009 winning photo

Winning Photo 2008 - 'Blue spikes'
2008 winning photo

Winning Photo 2007 - 'Earth from 32km'
2007 winning photo

Winning Photo 2006 - 'Tails from the nozzle bank'
2006 winning photo

Winning Photo 2005 - 'sunset'
2005 winning photo

Winning Photo 2004 - 'nanoflower'
2004 winning photo

This year's photography competition, open to all staff and students in the Department, is sponsored by Carl Zeiss (electron microscopy division) who have kindly donated the following prizes:

  1. 1st prize: Zeiss Victory 8x20 Compact binoculars
  2. 2nd prize: Nokia N86 8MP camera phone with Carl Zeiss lens
  3. 3rd prize: Sony Digital Camera DSC W210 with Carl Zeiss Lens

The winning photograph will feature on the Department's website, newsletter, plasma screen, posters and more.

Previous years' winners have received national and international press coverage for their winning photographs.

We are searching for an image that relates to research or teaching in the Department or engineers out in the field, which may be beautiful, fascinating, intriguing, amusing, or possibly all of these things.

We will use a very high proportion of the entries in a web gallery and throughout the website, and an exhibition in the Baker building foyer, giving acknowledgements wherever they are used.

The panel of judges include Roberto Cipolla Professor of Information Engineering, Dr Allan McRobie, Dame Professor Ann Dowling - Head of Department, and Philip Guildford - Director of Research.

Here are some links that might inspire:
Science photo library
Visions of Science photography competition
BBC In Pictures
The Veeco Nanotheatre - microscopic biology pictures
National Geographic photography library
Getty images
Search 'science photography' on

The rules are as follows:

The entrant must also provide:

The following guidelines should be followed:

Ideally the photograph should be of good print quality, but if it is available only as a web quality image then please still enter

Make no assumptions about the photograph we are seeking, because the winning photograph could be of a: microscopic feature, laboratory, project team, computer simulation, production line, robot, lecture theatre, engineers out in the field etc.

There is no limit to the number of photographs that you may enter. If you are not certain whether your photograph will win or you are trying to choose between several possible entries, then please just enter them all and let the judges decide.

Take a look at some of the 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 competition entries.

  1. The photograph must be submitted by email to or sent to Jacqueline Saggers, Room BE0-23, Baker Building, Trumpington Street, by 2nd June 2010
  2. The entrant must include the following statement in the text of the email:

    I have checked with my manager/supervisor/DoS __________________ that I have permission to enter the attached photograph(s) in the competition and give the Department of Engineering the right to publish the photograph(s) on its website and elsewhere

    1. title
    2. description of the photograph, noting whether the photograph is a composite of several images or has been enhanced in any way
    3. any due acknowledgements

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